Purim is generally described as being one of two minor festivals observed by Israel, the other is Chanukah. Both of these minor festivals have to do with the miraculous deliverance of Israel from annihilation. In reality, Purim is prophetically much more than a minor holiday. Purim derives its name from the Babylonian word ‘pur’ which has to do with the casting of ‘lots’ or ‘dice’ in order to identify a most favorable time etc.. Haman, the antagonist in the book of Esther, cast ‘pur’, lots, in order to determine the most auspicious day for exterminating the Jewish people who were held in captivity in Babylon. In the book of Esther, there are many hidden truths. For example, the heroine, a Jewish girl, Hadassah who was raised by her uncle Mordechi ends up marrying the King, but even though Mordechi is known to be a Jew, Hadassah who is called Esther in the story, her nationality remains unknown, even to her husband. It is only when Mordechi reminds Esther that she too is Jewish and in danger of annihilation, that Esther goes to her husband in defense of her kinsmen.
On the surface, the book of Esther tells the story of the Jewish people’s deliverance from Haman’s plot, but on a deeper level, the Book of Esther prophetically reveals an end time scenario. When the characters in the story are identified prophetically we have the story of the Messiah, of Man, of HaSatan, of Judaism and the concealed body of Messianic Judaism that today identifies itself as the Christian Church. In the future it will be that concealed body of believers in Yeshua that will awaken to the reality of who they truly are through Yeshua and will have to stand up and identify themselves as being the ‘One New Man’ of Ephesians 2. The hidden assembly of YHVH will have to awaken to the reality that they are not separate from Israel but are truly one with Israel and their fate and Israel’s will be the same. To quote one of the most famous lines from the text of Esther:
Esther 4:13-14 Mordecai said to Esther, “Do not think that you shall escape what is coming upon the Jews just because you live in the kings house. If you do not get involved at this time, then there will arise deliverance for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knows but whether you have come to the kingdom for just such a time as this?”
Purim is observed yearly in the Jewish community in obedience to Esther 9:20-28 and is considered an important feast within the scholarly community. Within the greater Jewish community, the carnival atmosphere with which Purim is celebrated seems to continue to obscure the true meaning of the story. In either case, there is much more to Purim than what a casual reading reveals and there are many ways to view the story, so read the book of Esther yourself and see what you will find. Shalom Shalom.